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NFL capsule: Seahawks heavy favorites over 49ers in Seattle

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NFL capsule: Seahawks heavy favorites over 49ers in Seattle

SAN FRANCISCO (1-1) at SEATTLE (1-1)

Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 10 +

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 1-1, Seattle 0-2

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 20-15

LAST MEETING - Seahawks beat 49ers 29-13, Nov. 22, 2015

LAST WEEK - 49ers lost to Panthers 46-27; Seahawks lost to Rams 9-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 24; Seahawks No. 12

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (12), PASS (28).

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15T), RUSH (25), PASS (12).

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (18), PASS (21).

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (4).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Second time Chip Kelly and Pete Carroll facing off as coaches in NFL. Pair met only once as coaches in Pac-10. ... 49ers haven't won in Seattle since late in 2011 season. ... 49ers allowed 46 points to Carolina last week, their most allowed since giving up 47 to Arizona in Week 3 last season. ... 49ers QBBlaine Gabbert has thrown TD pass in 12 straight games. Gabbert had 98.2 passer rating in last meeting vs. Seahawks. ... RB Carlos Hyde had two TD runs in Week 1 vs. Rams, but held to 34 yards on 14 carries by Panthers. ... Nine players caught passes vs. Panthers; none had more than three catches. ... WR Jeremy Kerley leads team with 10 receptions. ... TE Vance McDonald has caught two of team's three TD passes. ... 49ers have forced six turnovers, their most through two games since 2003. ... LB Gerald Hodges had 10 tackles, one sack and forced fumble last week vs. Panthers. ... LB NaVorro Bowman leads team with 22 tackles. ... Seahawks QB Russell Wilsonhas passer rating above 100 in five of last six home games. ... Wilson is 6-2 in career vs. 49ers. ... With one more win, Wilson will tie Dan Marino for fifth all-time for most QB wins in first five seasons. ... RB Thomas Rawls (shin), WRDoug Baldwin (knee) and WR Tyler Lockett (knee) all dealing with injuries but expected to play. ... RB Christine Michael averaging 5.0 yards per carry. ... Seahawks one of nine teams without rushing TD. ... Rawls rushed for 209 yards and TD in last meeting vs. 49ers. ... TE Jimmy Graham played 55 snaps vs. Rams and had three catches for 42 yards. ... Seahawks have not allowed 100-yard rusher in 24 straight games. ... DE Michael Bennett needs two sacks to move into ninth on franchise's all-time list. Bennett had 3 + sacks in October 2015 game vs. 49ers. ... DEFrank Clark had two sacks last week, second career multi-sack game. ... CB Richard Sherman has four career interceptions against 49ers. Fantasy Tip: Stay away from Hyde. Seattle hasn't allowed 100-yard rusher since Week 11 of 2014. He had 40 yards on 11 carries in only game vs. Seahawks last year.

49ers' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

49ers' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

With each passing day, the concerns over the coronavirus grow.

For the sports world, that means uncertainty. Will the games be played as scheduled? Will there be fans in the stands? What will revenue look like?

On Tuesday, the NFL reportedly made a financial proposal to the Players Association, and it didn't sit well with the latter group.

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported, citing sources, that the NFLPA told its board of representatives that the league is proposing to put 35 percent of players' 2020 salary into an escrow account.

Pelissero relayed a response from an NFLPA executive Don Davis.

As you can imagine, the idea of not getting their full salaries didn't sit well with the players, including 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

Raiders right tackle Trent Brown weighed in.

Several other NFL stars, including newly minted $503 million-man Patrick Mahomes, shared the same reaction.

The NFL reportedly wants to cut the preseason from four games to two games, and the NFLPA later voted that no preseason games be played.

It's clear the two sides have a lot to work out before training camps open later this month.

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49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

Who's the best tight end in the NFL?

While many feel strongly on the subject, there really are only two acceptable answers. You can bicker back and forth as to who is superior between 49ers tight end George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, but they're clearly in a tier unto themselves.

If you're partial to the intricacies of route-running, Kelce might be your choice. If you like a bruiser who contributes in all aspects of the offense, Kittle surely is your guy.

If there is a separation between the two, it's by hairs. Don't take my word for it. More than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players recently voted on the top 10 players at 11 different positions for the upcoming 2020 season, and the top two tight ends were separated by the slimmest margin of any position group.

To the delight of 49ers fans, and the ire of those of the Chiefs, Kittle came out on top. Just barely.

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After the first round of votes, ESPN's Jeremey Fowler reported Kittle and Kelce sat at a dead-even split. Additional voting and follow-up calls were required, which ultimately tilted the result in Kittle's favor.

Just like Kelce, Kittle was ranked as high as No. 1 at the position, but no lower than No. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only other player to receive a first-place vote, but last I checked it's 2020 and not 2015.

"Consecutive 1,000-yard seasons make Kittle a top contender, but his blocking and intensity helped earn him nearly half the first-place votes," Fowler wrote. "Where Kittle beats everyone is at the line of scrimmage and with the ball in his hands, as he forced a league-high 20 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus."

The voters were full of compliments for Kelce, but Kittle's mentality, leadership and scheme flexibility proved to be the tie-breakers.

"Be on the field, and see how he elevates the play of everyone in the offense. It's tangible," one NFC coordinator said. "He lifts everyone up."

"The passion on tape is unmatched," an AFC executive explained. "He's got that dog in him. More competitive than Kelce."

"Unreal passion, energy, toughness, blocking," said another executive.

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Kittle might have won the vote, but last time he and Kelce were on the same field, the Chiefs tight end got the better of him, both in the box score and in the Lombardi Trophy department. Of course, if Kittle isn't called for that questionable-at-best offensive pass interference penalty, it might be a completely different story.

In any case, there's no shame in Kelce being ranked below Kittle, nor would there be if it was the other way around. They're both extremely special players, and it's not a coincidence that their teams arguably are the two best in the NFL.